After recently finishing Yellowfang’s Secret, I’ve started to consider the idea that leaders and deputies should be bound by the same non-mating restriction as medicine cats. The claim in the books for this restriction is that medicine cats must love all cats in the clan as their kits, therefore being able to treat all of the cats the same and take care of their clan without bias.
But how are leaders and deputies any different? They too have responsibilities and power that require them to act without bias. They must be fair and just in making their decisions, which can be just as interrupted by having kits and a mate as with a medicine cat. After all, just as a medicine cat might be more concerned over their kit than a more seriously injure…Read more >